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Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Gift of travel: Give travel books for fun, inspiration
NEW YORK (AP) — Travel books can get you dreaming. They can provide practical information for your trips. And they can also just tell a good story.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Theatre 7 presenting A Christmas Chaos Holiday Dinner Theatre
DECATUR, Ill. — Enjoy an evening of holiday hilarity with Theatre 7’s “A Christmas Chaos” dinner theatre Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 at The Decatur Club, located at 158 W. Prairie Ave.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'Happy Days' Marion Ross: 'Everyone has something to be thankful for'
HOLLYWOOD — As the TV matriarch of the Cunningham clan in the sitcom “Happy Days,” Marion Ross appeared in over 250 episodes during the hit series 11-season run from 1974 to 1984. But one episode has special significance for the actress this time of year.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Music review: Michael McDonald's soulful voice carries on 'Wide Open'
There’ s lot of soul in Michael McDonald’s latest album, “Wide Open,” and this time most it is his own.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner delivers big with first novel
(AP) — At 134 pages, Matthew Weiner's "Heather, The Totality" is best consumed in one bite like those exquisite pastries that line the cases of the French bakery/cafes on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The kind of people who patronize those tony joints, especially for Sunday brunch and often with their private-schooled kids in tow, take center stage in Weiner's suspenseful debut novel.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Film review: As moving as it is colorful, 'Coco' is a joy for all ages
(AP) — At first, Disney-Pixar’s latest, “Coco ,” sounds a lot like the 2014 Fox film “The Book of Life.”
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas at the Cabin Sat., Dec. 2
LERNA, Ill. — Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site presents an old-fashioned Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 2, with music and treats from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A family alternative to Black Friday
SPRINGFIELD — A family-friendly alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday shopping is returning to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, bigger and better than ever.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Candlelight tour at Homestead Prairie Farm
DECATUR — Explore the past by candlelight at Homestead Prairie Farm during the Candlelight Tour on Sunday, November 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Richard Thompson digs deep for "Acoustic Rarities"
(AP) — Richard Thompson’s “Acoustic Rarities” complements the Englishman’s two volumes of “Acoustic Classics,” one from 2014 and the second released just months ago.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Books: Actress Krysten Ritter reveals same edgy screen presence in her writing
(AP) — As an actress, Krysten Ritter has been building a solid career playing characters on the edge — the doomed Jane in "Breaking Bad," the lead in "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" and especially her role in "Jessica Jones" and the same role in "The Defenders."
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Film review: 'Mudbound' is a moving, literary epic tale of family and race
(AP) — Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that after seeing an epic story as poetically told as Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” feelings of awe and admiration are quickly replaced with frustration that Hollywood hasn’t traditionally embraced the artistic visions of people who aren’t white and male. Maybe it’s because feelings are so raw in this post-Weinstein era, where the obstacles women face on their way to success are just beginning to be publicly understood.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University unveils several new exhibits
CHARLESTON — The Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University is pleased to announce its exhibitions opening on November 18: Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here, Living Room, and In All Around I See.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kick off the holidays at the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops concert
SPRINGFIELD — Kick off your holidays with festive music and holiday songs Saturday, Nov. 18, 15 7:30 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. Holiday Pops in the Heartland, is truly a community affair, as the ISO is joined by the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Springfield Ballet Company, and Springfield Youth Performance  led by Guest Conductor Thomas Heuser.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Former resident to be featured on upcoming episode of Fox TV's 'Empire'
TAYLORVILLE — Musician Michael Folker,  Taylorville High School Class of 1976, was recently hired to be the timpanist in a scene for the mid-season finale of the TV series EMPIRE which is filmed in Chicago.  It is a show that centers on a fictional hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of it.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Full-length new book on Illinois history appeals to all
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — A new, full-length book on the history of Illinois celebrates the state’s bicentennial while covering the fascinating people, places, and events of the last 250 years in the state.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Music: Taylor Swift's 'reputation' is pure pop magic
(AP) — If you’d stop thinking about her reputation, you’d actually appreciate the musicality of Taylor Swift’s “reputation.”
Friday, November 10, 2017

Military museum showcases WWI
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Get a close-up view of life in the trenches of Europe during World War I. On Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. visit the Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, to see how Illinois National Guard troops lived and fought "Over There."
Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Genealogical Society to host 'witching' program this Sunday afternoon
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Genealogical Society will present a program on Dowsing or Witching that is free to the public on Sunday, November the 12 at the Fraley Cemetery, 2 miles east of Taylorville on Lincoln Trail. The  presentation will start at 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Illinois College Campus Sculpture Walk open to public throughout November
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The public is invited to participate in a month-long, interactive art exhibit featuring work created by Illinois College students. Events include an outdoor tour of sculptures on campus, online auction to benefit the arts and a reception.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Millikin Wind Ensemble to perform Veteran's Day Salute Friday night
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will continue its 2017-18 performance season with a Veteran's Day Salute on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Singer-songwriter Katie Dahl to perform tonight at Illinois State Museum
SPRINGFIELD — The Music at the Museum Concert Series presents award winning Wisconsin singer-songwriter Katie Dahl on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Described as “a honey-throated alto thrush and an eagle-eyed songwriter,” Dahl combines old-fashioned populism, an abiding love of the land and wickedly smart love songs, all delivered in a rich and expressive alto.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Shania is back with her own brand
(AP) — When Shania Twain declares on her new album, "I'm independent to a fault, I know this well," she's singing about love, but she could be talking about her career as well.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cummings tells how she's really doing
Whitney Cummings is a stand-up comedian, co-creator and co-writer of the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls,” and will star in and executive-produce the HBO comedy “A Lot.”
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review: 'Murder on the Orient Express' is a lavish romp
(AP) — Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express “ is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp whiplash. Certainly no studio would make a straightforward, classical whodunit with a budget the size of a modest superhero pic (and no superheroes to speak of) nowadays, you think. What year is this anyway?
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Outdoor fall tours Sunday
DECATUR, Ill. — Join Macon County Conservation District staff for a tour of District sites on Sunday, November 5 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. During the Conservation Areas in Fall tour, a naturalist will drive you to conservation sites you may not be aware of. Tours will look for wildlife, colorful fall foliage and hear what restoration work is underway at each stop.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Families invited to attend celebration of the Sangamon River this weekend
DECATUR — The 2017 Sangamon Watershed Celebration to be held at Richland Community College in Decatur on Saturday, November 4, will be a full day with family-friendly activities, educational speakers and exhibits and music. The Agricultural Watershed Institute hosts this annual event to bring rural and urban people together for an occasion that is always both fun and educational. The day’s events will be in the National Sequestration Education Center and the University of Illinois Extension building, located near the wind turbines on the Richland campus.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Haunted Hollow this weekend at SIU-C campus is a family-friendly festival
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The ninth annual Haunted Hollow, a popular fall tradition, will provide delight for all ages at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center on Nov. 5.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Springfield Classical Guitar Society presents concert by Mark Akin Saturday
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Classical Guitar Society will present a performance by classical guitarist Mark Akin on Saturday, November 4.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Melismatic magic from Wailin' Jennys
(AP) — It’s easy to make a terrific album, as the Wailin’ Jennys show on “Fifteen.” Their formula: three marvelous voices blending beautifully to sing a batch of great songs. Simple, right?
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Books: 'Two Kinds of Truth' engaging
(AP) — Harry Bosch lands a current case with his new department while also facing a possible wrongful conviction from his past in “Two Kinds of Truth,” Michael Connelly’s latest page turner. Connelly tells two compelling stories that individually would make a terrific read but together make an instant classic.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fowler says starring in 'Superior Donuts' is sweet
NEW YORK (AP) — Jermaine Fowler is plenty pleased with his new CBS sitcom, "Superior Donuts."
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Film review: 'Lady Bird' shows an absolutely perfect slice of teenage life
(AP) — Lady Bird is obsessed with place. Her place in the world, in her Catholic high school, in her school play, in her own family and in her unglamorous hometown of Sacramento (“the Midwest of California”) and the even more unglamorous part she lives in. She craves sophistication in a way that she can’t quite put into words or actions, beyond a vague desire to go to an East Coast college, but is certain that whatever she has in her middle-class existence in 2002 isn’t it.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Museum presents Life in Ancient Illinois this Saturday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — People have lived in Illinois for thousands of years. Learn about the lives of ancient Illinoisans and how scientists discover clues to what their lives were like at the November “Super Saturday” event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Saturday, November 4.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Raptor awareness show next weekend at Cahokia Mounds
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — Fall is the perfect time to check out the World Bird Sanctuary at Cahokia Mounds. They are hosting a Raptor Awareness Show in the Interpretive Center auditorium Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

'Fire Road' adds napalm girl's voice to famous photo
(AP) — In many ways, Kim Phuc has never left Route 1 in Vietnam, the highway where Associated Press photographer Nick Ut captured her running on June 8, 1972.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

No Halloween costume yet? No problem, this one's a piece of cake
TAYLORVILLE —  If you're looking for a fun, creative DIY costume this Halloween, look no further than your next Amazon Prime delivery. Boxes from your online purchases can be used to create clever box costumes - or boxtumes - using supplies you already have around the house. 
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Top-grossing horror movies perfect to download for a Halloween thrill
TAYLORVILLE — Scares and thrills help make Halloween one of the most popular holidays of the year. Many people like to go outside their comfort zones come Halloween, and what better way to do that than with haunted houses, corn mazes, spooky superstitions, and, of course, a bevy of scary movies?
Thursday, October 26, 2017

To carve the perfect pumpkin, begin with one with a green stem
Begin with a fresh pumpkin. Look for a pumpkin with a green stem. If the pumpkin has been sitting around for too long or has been handled too much, the stem can get brittle and/or fall off. A thick, fresh pumpkin is best for carving.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Millikin Percussion Ensemble presents Halloween Concert this weekend
DECATUR — The 11th annual Halloween Concert will be performed by Millikin University's Percussion Ensemble on Oct. 26-27. Millikin's Percussion Ensemble will perform three special concerts in celebration of Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Harvest festival at Rock Spgs. Sunday
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District invites all ages to the Fall Harvest Festival at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, October 29 from 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Steve Martin puts humor and love into bluegrass
(AP) — There's a lot of excellent music on Steve Martin's new bluegrass album with the Steep Canyon Rangers, which is good news considering five of the collection's 14 tracks are instrumentals.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Grisham's latest: Sharks that profit on student debt
(AP) — John Grisham explores student loan debt and the sharks that profit from it in his latest novel, “The Rooster Bar.”
Thursday, October 26, 2017

An edgeless satire in Clooney's 'Suburbicon'
(AP) — The perfect veneer of 1950s suburban life is just a mask for the deep rot and hypocrisy festering underneath the trimmed lawns in George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” a derivative and somewhat edgeless satire with some compelling performances nonetheless.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: Perkins' novel is as eerie as it is delightful
(AP) — In Stephanie Perkins' latest young adult novel, "There's Someone Inside Your House," teen romance and grisly murders crawl into the backseat of the car for a make-out session, producing a read that is as eerie as it is delightful.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Art show in Decatur features nature
DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council presents Love of Nature, featuring the work of Minnesota artist Kellie Rae Theiss, from November 1-22 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Edwards Place closes to public for renovations
SPRINGFIELD — Historic Edwards Place closed to the public on October 14 to accommodate the interior restoration of the second floor to its c. 1860s appearance. Work is projected to be finished in February 2018, at which point a “reveal” open house will be held. The mansion is scheduled to reopen for tours next March.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

'Have Gun - Will Travel's' Richard Boone would have turned 100
HOLLYWOOD — Whether portraying good guys or bad, it was impossible for the camera to ignore Richard Boone. The craggy-faced, gruff-voiced actor could steal a scene from just about anyone including John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Paul Newman, or the dozens of other actors he shared the big and small screen with during his some 30-year Hollywood career from the late 1940s to 1981.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

The family of late 'Crocodile Hunter' back at Animal Planet
NEW YORK (AP) — Crikey! The Irwin family is returning to television’s Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of “The Crocodile Hunter” star and family patriarch Steve Irwin.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Millikin concert this weekend feature music of John Williams
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2017-2018 performance season with a Masterworks concert featuring the music of John Williams on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Crosby's 'Sky Trails' evokes Joni Mitchell
(AP) — After decades of groups and collaborations, David Crosby's solo career has found a second (or fifth?) wind and "Sky Trails," his third album since 2015, continues the streak of quality in the quantity.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Alice McDermott captures bygone era of Brooklyn in 'The Ninth Hour'
(AP) — Alice McDermott's stunning new novel, "The Ninth Hour," does for contemporary literature what "Call the Midwife" has done for public television. Both recall an earlier era when women in religious orders operated as de facto social service agencies, nursing the sick, clothing the poor and doing whatever they had to do to keep destitute families together.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hoffman and Stiller help tell a family tale artfully in 'Meyerowitz Stories'
NEW YORK (AP) — Your first response to "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)" may very well be: Adam Sandler is good — REALLY good — in his sensitive, nuanced portrayal as Danny, the outsider son in the Meyerowitz brood.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

'Fire Road' adds napalm girl's voice to famous photo
(AP) — In many ways, Kim Phuc has never left Route 1 in Vietnam, the highway where Associated Press photographer Nick Ut captured her running on June 8, 1972.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

'Spooktacular' at Lincoln Library features haunted exhibits, storytelling, games
SPRINGFIELD — Creepy characters will take over the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 21 for the annual “Spooktacular Evening with Abe,” a night of games, stories and costumes to welcome the Halloween season.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Southern Illinois tradition: Fort Massac Encampment October 21-22
METROPOLIS, Ill. — Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis hosts one of Illinois’ most popular fall festivals when the annual Fort Massac Encampment is held at the park the weekend of Oct. 21-22.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Songs of Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl at Music at The Museum
SPRINGFIELD — Historian/songwriter/guitarist Bucky Halker will perform songs of Woody Guthrie, the dust bowl and the Labor movement at the Music At The Museum Concert Series Thursday October 12th at the Illinois State Museum Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. He’s been called the “The living heir of Woody Guthrie” whose music is said to “conjures up the passionate fire of John Steinbeck.”
Thursday, October 12, 2017

King Neptune brings classic Piedmont style Blues to Hickory Ridge concert
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Blues Master King Neptune (Chris Buchanan) will bring classic Piedmont style Blues to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series on Saturday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Dickson Mounds Museum auditorium outside of Lewistown, Ill. Performing on guitar and voice, he’ll be playing the music from the golden age of acoustic blues- folks like Blind Blake, Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith with a bit of early Jazz thrown in for fun.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

'Keep On Loving You:' REO Speedwagon coming to Effingham Nov. 16
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Rock legends REO Speedwagon, Styx, along with very special guest star Don Felder recently wrapped up their successful coast-to-coast “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour. However, REO isn’t finished rocking in 2017, as the band has announced a busy fall run of headlining tour dates. REO Speedwagon’s fans  should get ready for a night of great tunes, featuring the band’s massive hit singles, such as “Keep on Loving You,” “Take It on the Run,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” and more, as the band is coming to Effingham Performance Center on November 16.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Leon Russell's final album a highlight
(AP) — Leon Russell’s final album, “On a Distant Shore,” is a career highlight recorded over his last living year and released 10 months after his November 2016 passing.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Garfunkel reveals thoughts in new book
(AP) — Art Garfunkel once envisioned a simple life as a mathematics teacher. He earned a master's degree and was well on his way to becoming a Ph.D. That plan was derailed when he and Paul Simon became famous as the folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

In 'Marshall,' a young Thurgood in Connecticut
(AP) — Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood’s notice. Despite its title, “Marshall,” too, is wary of taking on the Supreme Court justice in full, sticking to a minor case from Marshall’s early career as counsel for the NAACP. That makes, for better and worse, a sometimes slight, sometimes serious courtroom drama, shot through with bright certainty in the coming triumphs for Marshall and the civil rights movement. It’s a superhero-style origin story: Thurgood, pre-“Brown v. Board of Education,” pre-black robe. 
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kings' 'Sleeping beauties' lacks intensity

"Sleeping Beauties" (Scribner), by Stephen and Owen King

(AP) — Of all the gifts a father can give his son, near the top must be a co-written novel. After all, slapping the name Stephen King on the cover pretty much guarantees a best-seller.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Campbell & Williams show rootsy range

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, “Contraband Love” (Red House Records)

(AP) — Master multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell is a restless soul, and onstage he alternates from guitar to mandolin to fiddle to pedal steel, sometimes switching during songs. 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

'The Florida Project' is an exquisite heartbreaker
(AP) — Not too far from the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort, where families are promised “enchanted escapes” and “fun” and “magic” and where day tickets start at a cool $99 a person, is a discount motel off a busy street called The Magic Castle.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Valerie Harper balances comedy and grief in 'My Mom and the Girl'

By Nick Thomas

Tinseltown Talks 

HOLLYWOOD — Off-screen, Valerie Harper has been an inspiration to many following her optimistic defiance to her well-publicized life-threatening medical diagnosis in 2013. The star of the hit 70s TV series “Rhoda” now brings her indomitable spirit to the big screen to hearten families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Brokeback's Annie Proulx to receive nat'l award
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards didn’t prepare Annie Proulx for her latest honor: a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

October First Friday Gallery Walk in Downtown Decatur set for Oct. 6
 DECATUR — The First Friday Gallery Walk for October will take place on Friday, October 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

View more than 30 rooms in the Teutopolis Monastery Museum Oct. 1
TEUTOPOLIS – Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, Oct. 1.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Looking beyond Cahokia Mounds at Rock Springs Nature Center Sept. 30
DECATUR — Explore Native American settlements at Rock Springs Nature Center during “Beyond Cahokia Mounds: A Look at the Rest of Central Illinois” on Saturday, September 30 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Millikin-Decatur Symphony opens season with 'Masterworks' performance
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will kick off its 2017-2018 performance season with an opening night concert "Inspired by Shakespeare" on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

History comes alive this weekend at Decatur's Governor Oglesby mansion
DECATUR — In the antebellum South, a peculiar and distinctive culture of honor developed. Men were expected to act in a certain manner, to tolerate no insults. That culture, which was tied to slavery as an institution, had a unique and significant effect on American politics in the years preceding the Civil War. For Northern politicians like Abraham Lincoln and Richard Oglesby, the honor culture complicated efforts to find a solution to the slavery controversy.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rushdie crafts modern masterpiece in 'The Golden House'
(AP) — If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author's head.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

ZZ Ward has some great big talent

ZZ Ward, "The Storm" (Hollywood Records)

(AP) — You'll hardly find ZZ Ward described the same way twice. Bluesy, pop-inflected, drawing from the deep well of R&B, indebted to hip-hop, folky, alternative indie and rocker — take your pick and you'll be right every time because all are part of Ward's influences and style.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Book: Julia Keller tackles small-town heroin crisis in 24-hours

"Fast Falls the Night" (Minotaur) by Julia Keller

(AP) — An ongoing theme in Julia Keller's superior series about Raythune County prosecutor Bell Elkins is how these West Virginia residents maneuver when jobs are scarce but drugs have overrun the area. Hope, though often in short supply, is the only thing to which they can cling.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

John Steinbeck stepdaughter wins $13 million in lawsuit over movie rights
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal jury awarded John Steinbeck’s stepdaughter more than $13 million in a lawsuit claiming the author’s son and daughter-in-law impeded film adaptations of his classic works.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Grafton's alphabet series appears to be near its end
(AP) — "Y is for Yesterday" is Sue Grafton's projected penultimate novel in her alphabet series about intrepid California private investigator Kinsey Millhone. And if the series does end with "Z' ‚Äî and there's no reason to believe that it won't be the finale ‚Äî it's going out with even deeper plots and more intense characterizations than when it debuted 35 years ago. Despite clocking in at 496 pages, "Y is for Yesterday" briskly moves Kinsey's story forward.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Christian County Historical Society preparing for 'Prairie Days' Sept. 9-10
TAYLORVILLE — Go back in time and don't miss out on the Christian County Historical Society’s Prairie Days September 9-10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Enjoy period demonstrators, artisans and vendors. The weekend will be rounded out with live music featured on the main stage including the Paul Moma Band, Danny Russell, Fred Dubay, and the Hood Family Band. Guests will also enjoy taking tours of the historical buildings and a fashion show featuring clothing styles of the Prairie Days.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Willie Nile's 'Positively Bob' rollicking
(AP) — There are some analogies between Willie Nile and Bob Dylan, like their early career moves to Greenwich Village, extended layoffs (Dylan's motorcycle accident, Nile's record company torments) and decades of excellent songwriting.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Historical thriller takes reader back to turbulent era
(AP) — An engineer from Oslo attempts to disrupt the Nazi war machine at the height of World War II in "The Saboteur," the latest historical thriller by Andrew Gross.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Film review: Noomi Rapace proves quite deadly in formulaic 'Unlocked'
(AP) — There’s been a lot of talk about who should be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig puts aside his shaken martini. Orlando Bloom? Idris Elba? Damian Lewis? After watching the formulaic spy thriller “Unlocked,” might we suggest Noomi Rapace?
Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Head to Mt. Auburn this weekend for live music, carnival and concessions
MT. AUBURN — The 131st Annual Mt. Auburn Farmer’s Picnic begins on Thursday, August 24, and lasts through Saturday, August 26. The theme of the picnic is “A Great Place to Live.” All three days will be packed with events, including:
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Western brand and Chinese characteristics meet up at Club Med in Guilin
GUILIN, China (AP) — After 10 days of crisscrossing southwestern China by high-speed train with two young children in tow, exploring minority villages amid rugged scenery and often sleeping in grimy hotels, it was time for a break.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Your personal travel coach: Meet travel blogger Nomadic Matt Kepnes
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Kepnes had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year when he took a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.”
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Music: Bedouine's debut is hushed and haunted
(AP) — Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian's alias and the title of her debut. It's a hushed, haunted, delicate wonder — a collection evoking 1970s singer-songwriters which pairs her thoughtful words with unfussy arrangements.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Books: 'A Stranger in the House' has strong plot
(AP) — In her second thriller, Shari Lapena poses the question: How well do you know your spouse? It's not exactly a new story device, but Lapena's fresh approach makes it seem original in "A Stranger in the House."
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Film review: 'Hitman's Bodyguard' a fun, action-packed escape
(AP) — There's not a whole lot that's new about "The Hitman's Bodyguard ." Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play their typical character types: Reynolds the handsome do-gooder; Jackson the unflappable badass whose favorite word is mother(expletive). And like many movie heroes past, they're tasked with taking down a brutal dictator.
Thursday, August 24, 2017












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